Frankie and Johnny (traditional song, version of "Frankie and Albert")

~ Song

Annotation

"The familiar "Frankie and Johnny were lovers" lyrics first appeared (as "Frankie and Albert") in On the Trail of Negro Folksongs by Dorothy Scarborough, published in 1925; a similar version with the "Frankie and Johnny" names appeared in 1927 in Carl Sandburg's The American Songbag."

***previous editor's annotation ***

This is essentially the same song as "Frankie & Albert", but with the name 'Johnny' replacing the name 'Albert'.

Annotation last modified on 2018-01-26 06:46 UTC.

Relationships

publisher: Carl Sandburg (1927)
writer: [traditional] (Special Purpose Artist)
SecondHandSongs: http://www.secondhandsongs.com/work/33251 [info]
Wikidata: Q1445112 [info]
later translated versions: Baled Yr Eneth Eithafol
Frankie et Johnny (French version by Boris Vian)
later versions: Frankie and Johnny (Sidney Bechet arrangement)
version of: Frankie and Albert (traditional song with the lyrics from "You’re My Baby" added, post-1912)

Recordings

Date Title Attributes Artist Length
performance
1928-02-14 Frankie and Johnny Mississippi John Hurt 3:23
1929-08-10 Frankie and Johnny (The Singing Brakeman, cd 2, first released 1929) Jimmie Rodgers 2:54
1929-08-10 Frankie and Johnny (The Singing Brakeman, cd 2, first released 1992) Jimmie Rodgers 2:52
1947 Frankie and Johnny Mae West 2:24
1959-12-22 Frankie and Johnny instrumental Sonny Stitt 5:31
1976 Frankie and Johnnie / Twenty Froggies Go to School Margaret Kimmett 3:07
1990-11-30 Frankie and Johnny instrumental Harold Ashby 7:41
Frankie & Johnny Elvis Presley 2:34
Frankie & Johnny cover Lonnie Donegan 5:23
Frankie & Johnny Hilary James 4:50
Frankie & Johnny Elvis Presley 2:23
Frankie & Johnny Elvis Presley 2:34
Frankie & Johnny Champion Jack Dupree 3:23
Frankie and Johnnie Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps 2:41
Frankie and Johnnie Count Basie 3:02
Frankie And Johnnie instrumental Firehouse Five Plus Two 2:55
Frankie and Johnny Elvis Presley 2:34
Frankie and Johnny Elvis Presley 2:35
Frankie and Johnny Elvis Presley 2:34
Frankie and Johnny Elvis Presley 2:38
Frankie and Johnny Elvis Presley 2:35
Frankie and Johnny Elvis Presley 2:34
Frankie and Johnny Elvis Presley 2:32
Frankie and Johnny Claude Bolling 4:15
Frankie and Johnny cover and instrumental Mike Jones 5:01
Frankie and Johnny Pearl Bailey 3:05
Frankie and Johnny Fats Waller 2:18
Frankie and Johnny Burl Ives 3:24
Frankie and Johnny Elvis Presley 2:33
Frankie and Johnny Johnny Cash 2:17
Frankie and Johnny Elvis Presley ?:??
Frankie and Johnny Frank Crumit 3:22
Frankie and Johnny Elvis Presley 2:34
Frankie and Johnny cover Eugene Paul 2:14
Frankie and Johnny Tuts Washington 2:22
Frankie And Johnny cover Terese Genecco 6:59
Franky and Johnny Louis Armstrong 4:07